Health & Fitness: My Favorite Things

Have you ever had a week where things were just crazy? Nothing out of the ordinary happening, no special functions to get ready for but for some reason time was flying by and you were just hoping you’d get everything done on your list.


Well that's the kind of week I had and I thought it would be FUN to share with you some of my favorite things that helped me get through this week feeling like I still had my head on straight and surprisingly, feeling good :)

Athleta Box Jump Tank

1. The Box Jump Tank by Athleta to “Workout With Confidence”

So I have been on a long search for the ultimate tank and I can't believe I not only found it but it also has a built in sports bra that, get this, has GREAT support. WHAT?!? I know. It's crazy. I bought the Box Jump Tank at the beginning of August and I'm so addicted to wearing it, I bought another one. Now I know Athleta is pricy but remember you are getting 2-in-1. Plus you can pair it with playful capris, like I did here, for less than $20 from Marshalls.

Hello Fresh

2. Hello Fresh to "Enjoy Our Family Meals Together"

I have to say I am surprised I like this service so much. I actually like food shopping but with mommy & work demands coupled with having to come up with ideas for dinner, getting a list going and actually find time to not be rushed at the store just hasn’t been happening.

We tried Hello Fresh last year and enjoyed it but life wasn’t as hectic. Now with two kids in school, extracurricular activities for all (not just Nora & Sierra, but Ryan plays soccer two days a week too) and me diving deeper into JBird, something had to give. So when I got a “we’ve missed you” offer from Hello Fresh we tried it again and I am loving it. Not only is it convenientbut it broadens our meal selections as a family. Oh, and P.S. my kids are usually like “what’s that?” with a voice of “I’m probably not going to like that mommy” but miraculously they have eaten everything so far, knock on wood, and hopefully will continue to open their eyes up to new healthy foods.

Tip: If you have little ones like I do (a 3 & 6 year old) you could get away with ordering meals for 2 and then just supplementing a salad or fruit on the side.

My Flo Tracker

3. The My Flo App to "Confirm I’m Not Moody"

Ok ladies, this is way more than a period tracker and it only cost $1.99. Since I have been using this app I feel more in control of my emotions than ever.

Well, let’s be honest, before I had kids I was a pretty even keeled person and bordered on the edge of miss positivity most of the time. But with relationships, not just my husband & my kids, but also my new relationship with myself as a new business owner, life’s emotional gauges have been all over the place. But this app has given me a ton of insight into my hormonal shifts during each week of my cycle and has been eye-opening to say the least. So much so, it has helped me interact better with my family and even given me permission to respect my body by being productive when it’s optimal yet chilling out when it’s not. Seriously, you need to check it out.


4. Shutterfly to "Create a Book of Memories"

Starting back when I was a little girl my mom would find me in her closet pulling out boxes of old pictures and sorting through them. Eventually when I got older I helped her put them into photo albums and still love to do the same now with my own family’s memories.

With my iPhone being the main source of picture taking these days, I have had to make an effort to stay on top of things. So every year I make an album for each of the girls on their birthdays, so we can see their growth and look back on their last year and I also make one family album for each summer. Honestly, I didn’t have the time to do it this past week but I knew if I didn’t it may not happen. Luckily Shutterfly forced my hand by sending me a “free album” promo code. So even though I had to stay up until midnight on Monday to complete it. I did it and I’m glad one family tradition is marked off the list and I’m really looking forward to share the album with Ryan, Sierra & Nora when it arrives.


Side note: 1) Shutterfly does these promotion often and I mean often! I always wind up paying a little because you only get a certain amount of pages free, but it’s still a hefty discount and is fun to piece together. 2) Yes, I was a naughty girl and stayed up after 10pm (which I said I wasn’t going to do in the newsletter a few weeks back) but I think it was worth it ;)


5. JBird Fitness to "Top Off My Nights"

Yes, this is a shameless plug but for good reason. I have been doing 15 minutes of Yoga or Stretch each night with myself, LOL, and I have been sleeping a whole lot better. Now granted with little kids a full nights rest is 50/50 but while I am sleeping, it’s oh so good!

My point in sharing this with you is to encourage you to take advantage of the things that are around you to give you a boost and help with your day to day life. Check out my favorite things if they made you curious and ask friends & family their tricks to make life a little smoother. 

And on that note, I'd absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE to hear about your favorite things. So click HERE to share on the JBird Fitness Blog page, HERE for the JBird Facebook page or email me. Any chance I can get to make my life easier and happier I'm on it and I want that for you too.

Until next week, keep moving and smiling.